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Canadian retailers get sappy for the holidays

More than ever, home is where the heart is this holiday season, and Canadian retailers are responding to this consumer mind-set with sentimental campaigns revolving around family and tradition. They are also promoting home-based products, as analysts predict a ‘cocooning’ trend in the wake of Sept. 11 and the subsequent stormy economy.

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How can retailers lure consumers back into holiday shopping mode?

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Can Canadian retail sector fight off a U.S. invasion in time?

Canada’s retail landscape has become more crowded recently, thanks to an influx of aggressive U.S. competitors like Old Navy, Williams-Sonoma and Best Buy, which swallowed Canadian electronics banner Future Shop last month. The fact that it wasn’t the first time a domestic player succumbed to a U.S. chain raises the question: Is it possible to survive when a rival crosses the border and, if so, how can a retailer prepare quickly for combat?

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Electronic shops need new marketing gameplans

The launch of Best Buy stores in Canada raises the spectre of an industry shakeout, the likes of which the electronics industry here has never witnessed, analysts say….

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Home improvement wars

The vast number of retail players in Ontario’s home improvement sector is akin to a bunch of kids vying for a spot on the high school basketball team – not everyone’s going to make the cut. While consolidation is likely (Vancouver-based…